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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), May 8, 2007 at 10:27

Dr. Pipes wrote :

> Do developments in Pakistan and Turkey not confirm my oft-repeated point that radical Islam is the problem and moderate Islam the solution?

The demonstrations both in Turkey and Pakistan - two fully-fledged police states - were planned and staged by the police and military complex that control all public life of the countries . If they reflect anything , they reflect the momentary power struggle in those countries and are hardly indicative of any power of "secularism" as such. Besides , if these two forces (the police and the military) are the new pillars of "secularism" in Islam , then I can only wish good luck to all those who will bolster them . Given a different power constellation the same two forces may prefer to stage pro-Islamist demonstrations. In that case I wonder how many - if not all - of the same persons as recently will participate in demonstrations under opposite slogans. As to the numbers they will not be hundreds of thousands but millions .

> And do they not suggest that ignorant non-Muslim busybodies should get out of the way of those moderate Muslims determined to relegate Islamism to its rightful place in the dustbin of history?

So now it is not only the "Islamists" , "the extremists" , 'the fundamentalist" that hinder and jeopardize moderates Moslems on the rise . Now there are uninformed biased non-Muslims who are to blame for the deficits in the budget of moderate Islam . If this stand is adopted by the official Western ideology , then hard times are ahead for people like me and all other vocal skeptics . Instead of hunting bin Ladens , "extremist kafirs" will be a more urgent target . No doubt "moderate Moslems" will be grateful for bolstering them this way.

As to the dustbins of history , it is far from clear who is going to dispose of whom . My guess is that with the current developments in dar-al-harb, it will be rather secularism and the Western civilization that will be relegated to what Leo Trotzky phrased as the dustbin of history .

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